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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Annapurna Circuit: The road to Thorung La from Muktinath?

Does anybody know where this zig-zag is leading? Is it the end of the Annapurna Circuit road? The photo is taken from the Gyu La, the pass on the track from Upper Mustang above Muktinath and Dzong (Jhong).

I remember first going to Muktinath before the road to Beni was connected. It was a small sleepy place, somehow fitting for a pilgrimage. By 2010, it was a building site. A mani wall outside the hotel was being used by day to display souvenirs for tourists.

Annapurna Circuit Road up towards the Thorong La

Road up towards the Thorong La on the Annapurna Circuit?

A kilometre or two above Muktinat has numerous jeeps lying in wait for fatigued trekkers descending from the Thorung La. Already then it was possible to hire a jeep some way up the pass. Looking at this photo, something new is happening. Is a hotel being built somewhere up there, or is someone planning a route to the pass? Anybody know?

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"Zig zag," says the Annapurna Circuit Road © Marjan 2011

“[this]’s what I saw this summer. [The road] ends somewhat higher up, it was a lot of hassle to get over it actually, but I believe the plan is to continue to the pass. I asked people in one of those little teahouses and they said, yeah, that was the plan.”

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  1. Andrees said on November 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I have asked ACAP in August 2011.
    They told me, that some rich Korean trekker donated a high sum to build this road, after he had very serious problem at thorong la. He thinks that the new road would make a faster rescue possible.
    he got the permission obvisouly right in Kathmandu and the construction was started.
    in 2011 the construction was stopped due to the intervention of ACAP in Jomsom.
    My personal view is that this road is absolutely wrong. Istead of hopping for rescue by jeep the people should take care to have a sufficieant acclimatization for high altitude. Maybe also traders of jomson pushed it, hopping to bring goods over thorong la to Manang, which they do actually with mules, but soon the roads 2will also go to Manang in the marsyangi valley.
    Andrees

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    • admin@manaslu said on November 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Thanks very much for the background information! It seems there is rarely a consensus about these things, or much transparency, and people with specific interests can can further their interests to the detriment of others.

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